The Eurovision Song Contest 1997 was the 42nd of the long running light entertainment show, and it was held at the Point Theatre Dublin, Ireland, on 3 May 1997. Carrie Crowley and Boyzone member Ronan Keating were the presenters of the show.

American-led group Katrina and The Waves, representing the United Kingdom, were the winners of the contest with the song Love Shine a Light, written by that band's lead guitarist Kimberley Rew (whom didn't appear on stage), and Marc Roberts representing the host country came second with Mysterious Woman. Despite being the runner-up, it remarkably received only one 12-point score, which came from the United Kingdom.

The UK spokesman Colin Berry remarked: "You're going to like this one: Ireland, twelve points!" causing Terry Wogan to reply: "Well, tit for tat!" The winning song scored an unprecedented 227 points; it received points from all participating countries, including five sets of 10 points and a record-breaking ten sets of the maximum 12 points. Love Shine a Light is still regarded as one of the most successful Eurovision winners, and was the closing song in the medley that opened the 50th anniversary show Congratulations in Copenhagen in 2005, and the Eurovision 2006 semi-final in Athens. With this victory, the United Kingdom has five Eurovision wins and it is, to date, the country's last win in the Contest.

After the controversy over the pre-qualifier in 1996, the EBU introduced a new system for 1997: countries with the lowest average scores over the previous four years would be relegated from the 1997 contest, and those with the lowest averages over the previous five years would be excluded from future contests (save that every country so excluded for one year would automatically be allowed to participate the following year), with so many countries being omitted as would reduce the number of participants each year to 25. 

Televoting was also tested in 5 countries (Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden and United Kingdom) with the remaining 20 continuing to use the juries.

Israel declined to participate, as the Contest was held on its Holocaust Remembrance Day, granting a reprieve to Bosnia and Herzegovina, which would otherwise have been excluded owing to its low point average over the previous four years.  It would also be Italy's last appearance until its return in 2011.

1997 also brought the first year of the fan page's Barbara Dex Award, which was awarded to the Maltese entrant Debbie Scerri.



Draw Country Artist Song Language Translation Place Points
01 IconCyprus Cyprus Hara & Andreas Konstantinou Mana Mou Greek Motherland 5 98
02 IconTurkey Turkey Şebnem Paker and Grup Ethnic Dinle Turkish Listen 3 121
03 IconNorway Norway Tor Endresen San Francisco Norwegian -- 24 0
04 IconAustria Austria Bettina Soriat One Step German -- 21 12
05 IconIreland Ireland Marc Roberts Mysterious Woman English -- 2 157
06 IconSlovenia Slovenia Tanja Ribič Zbudi se Slovene Wake up 10 60
07 IconSwitzerland Switzerland Barbara Berta Dentro di me Italian Inside of me 22 5
08 IconThe Netherlands The Netherlands Mrs. Einstein Niemand heeft nog tijd Dutch No one has time anymore 22 5
09 IconItaly Italy Jalisse Fiumi di parole Italian Rivers of words 4 114
10 IconSpain Spain Marcos Llunas Sin rencor Spanish Without rancor 6 96
11 IconGermany Germany Bianca Shomburg Zeit German Time 18 22
12 IconPoland Poland Anna Maria Jopek Ale jestem Polish But I am 11 54
13 IconEstonia Estonia Maarja-Liis Ilus Keelatud maa Estonian Forbidden land 8 82
14 IconBosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Alma Čardžić Goodbye Bosnian -- 18 22
15 IconPortugal Portugal Célia Lawson Antes do adeus Portuguese Before goodbye 24 0
16 IconSweden Sweden Blond Bara hon älskar mig Swedish If only she loves me 14 36
17 IconGreece Greece Marianna Zorba Horepse Greek Dance 12 39
18 IconMalta Malta Debbie Scerri Let Me Fly English -- 9 66
19 IconHungary Hungary V.I.P. Miért kell, hogy elmenj? Hungarian Why do you have to go? 12 39
20 IconRussia Russia Alla Pugacheva Primadonna Russian -- 15 33
21 IconDenmark Denmark Kølig Kaj Stemmen i mit liv Danish The voice in my life 16 25
22 IconFrance France Fanny Sentiments songes French Sentimental feelings 7 95
23 IconCroatia Croatia E.N.I. Probudi me Croatian Awaken me 17 24
24 IconUnited Kingdom United Kingdom Katrina and The Waves Love Shine a Light English -- 1 227
25 IconIceland Iceland Paul Oscar Minn hinsti dans Icelandic My final dance 20 18


  • With the rule change of having optional instruments on stage, four countries revoked use of the orchestra entirely: Ireland, Austria, Germany, and Croatia.
  • This was the first Irish held contest since 1971 which didn't feature Noel Kelehan as the musical director, as he was ill at the time of the competition.


Eurovision Song Contest 1997 (No commentary)

Eurovision Song Contest 1997 (No commentary)

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